Fleas reproduce very quickly so it is best to get rid of them as soon as you become aware of them. Not only do you need to get them off your pets, you need to get rid of them in your home too. This is a guide about getting rid of fleas.
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Here are listed the many recipes, cures, treatments for flea infestation that I could find. This may sound like a weird subject for a recipe site, however, this can be a very serious problem. I, myself, had this problem and we all liked to have gone CRAZY until they were gone! When I needed help, I couldn't find it. And almost everyone, at one time or another, has a problem with fleas. Even those that do not have pets or animals. They just seem to show up for a meal in the spring and don't know when they have worn out their welcome. Surely you will find something below that will help you.
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Cook hamburger meat in skillet until browned, set aside to cool. Combine egg, garlic, and brewer's yeast. Add to hamburger meat, stir until blended well. Feed to dog.
Note: They love it! Use once a month to control fleas and ticks.
By DeAnn C.Editor's Note: Most veterinarians do not advocate the use of garlic with pets, as it can be toxic. Please consult with your own vet before trying this home remedy.
I have several dogs. After treating your dogs, you have to do something to discourage and kill those pesky fleas from hanging around in your yard. I buy the cedar chips and sprinkle it all over the yard, especially on the dogs' trails and all around the pooping spots they return to each day to relieve themselves. I do this when I mow the lawn.
The cedar smell is faint, and disappears in 1 or 2 days. I like it! The lawn mower mulches up the cedar chips to dust, and it disappears into the grass. Fleas, bugs, etc. either die or go the other way. It's a great deterrent for fleas. Cedar chests were built for a reason in the old days, to keep bugs away from quilts during storage. It works great. I have been doing this for years, and my home and yard are flea free. I have 7 dogs.
By Mona A. from AL/GA Stateline
We had a flea problem inside and outside our home. A friend of mine gave me a bucket of diatomaceous earth or also called DE. She bought it from the local feed store.
My friend uses it on her livestock, as well as, in her food to keep her wheat berries that she grinds in her mill pest free. It coats the wheat berries, but since it's food safe it's okay that she consumes it.
Make sure the kind you buy is food safe. Some pool companies sell it, but that is NOT the kind I am talking about. When you touch it, it feels like chalk. Its abrasiveness is what kills fleas, ants, cockroaches, and more. It dries them up from the inside out! It is not a chemical and is safe to use in the garden as well!
It is recommended that when you use it wear a mask to avoid breathing in the dust.
How to use: I reused an old baking powder container as it had tiny holes in the container. I sprinkled it lightly into our carpets to let it settle down and then let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then, I vacuumed it up. Don't worry about trying to get it all out. The DE will work its way down into the carpet fibers and there will do its work. Anytime a pest comes into contact with it, it will dehydrate them.
One application lasts about a year. It is safe around pets and children. We have not had a single flea found inside or outside our home since. I also used it around our home to get rid of the many ant hills in our yard.
Because it's also food safe, I sprinkle about a half teaspoon in our cat's food dish. When they consume it, it also kills internal parasites.
I called the feed store to see how much it was and they sell a 50 pound bag for $20. It may vary in your neighborhood, but just to give you an idea. The bag she bought has lasted her 7 plus years and the ice cream bucket size she gave me hardly looks touched. A little bit goes a long way.
DE has many more uses. Go here to read more about it. This link (of which I am not affiliated with) has good information: wolfcreekranch
By tasana from MO
For a contact flea control in your yard, a pest control product called Evercide works great.
By Jeremy from Biloxi, MS
Spring is here and flea and tick season will soon be in full swing. I see many people writing in and asking what to do to avoid buying the medicine that the vet prescribes for keeping them away from their animals and subsequently, out of their homes. There is nothing that works better than what you get at your vet!
I know it's expensive, but when you weigh the cost of the medicine against buying or using something cheaper and having to hire an exterminator to come and rid your home of fleas, as well as having to possibly pay for sick animals because they have had fleas and ticks on them, it makes way more sense to just bite the bullet and buy the stuff from the vet that you know will work. We had to have an exterminator one year. They don't just come once, they have to come at least twice and it is VERY expensive!
Sometimes paying a little, or even a lot more for a good product will end up saving you a lot more money in the long-run. It will also save your pet's health.
By Robin from Washington, IA
Well, it's Springtime which means it's also flea season in central Florida. We bought store brand flea poison from Wal-Mart for the sprayer and have sprayed twice a day for 3 weeks around the house and sprayed indoor flea spray in the house for the same amount of time. We treated our cat twice this month (with vet's knowledge and advice). We are still overrun with fleas.
I finally called the vet today to tell him how bad they are and we have killed some but they still hatch out daily. Vet's advice: boric acid for inside (rugs and tile), Adams Yard Spray to attach to garden hose to spray under our house, and Diatomite (aka diatomaceous earth) for a perimeter around house. We just finished with our 4-prong assault against fleas! I will post again next week for an update. Good luck to all who are facing same problem.
By Lynda from Tampa Bay, FL
Here is one to try for fleas. Take any kind of baby wipes (mark wipes container for pet use only) and add just 1/4 cup of Skin So Soft to the wipes container. This can be used daily for either cats or dogs. Be careful around the face area. I used this trick when I was a dog groomer.
By Theresa from Aston, PA
Borax has a skull and crossbones on it for a reason. It is very dangerous to animals. Please remember that our pets are so much closer to the ground than we are and that they have to lick themselves to get clean.
Please do not use this product for your pets. Find and use natural remedies like the orange peel and/or vinegar. Flea combs work great too!
Rita from TX
Having a new litter of kittens in the house is wonderful, until you discover fleas. Unfortunately, there is not a lot you can do for fleas on newborn kittens. I discovered a great tip. Baby wipes with aloe! The kittens love being rubbed down with them. Don't worry about rubbing vigorously. They love it, just like momma giving them a bath. And, if I keep a close eye on them and do this daily, I won't see another flea.
By Kimber from WV
Editor's Note: Be sure to wait at least a week or two before handling newborn kittens and then only for a short amount of time. The mother can reject them if they don't smell right.
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Here are questions related to Getting Rid of Fleas.
I live in England and we do not have things called bombs here but as my friend's dog has been in my home she brings fleas. I have been bitten raw this week ang help for your English friends would be welcome as my friend will not admit her dog has fleas. I have had to ban the dog from my home but how can I get rid of them with a household cure. And if my friend comes round and brings them on her clothes I need some thing that I can use after she has gone. if she wants to have bites all over her so be it but not me. So something potent but safe please that I can get in England.
By Rachel Aguilar09/09/2008
Cedar oil products. I have 2 dogs and all my friends have animals. I buy my products from Wondercide www.wondercide.com they just started the website. Stephanie is the owner located in Seabrook, TX and she can provide you with answers to all your questions (email link on webpage). Feel free to contact me and I can send you a detailed brochure that I have rec'd from her.
I treat the inside of the house, the yard, my animals and of course me. Cedar oil will kill the whole flea cycle as well as roaches, termites, silverfish, and just about any non-beneficial insect. It's 100% biodegradable and non-toxic. I don't even move my dishes from the cabinets to treat the inside.
What is the best way to rid a dog of fleas?
By Jackie from Antioch, TN
First of all bathe your dog in Dawn dishwashing detergent. This will kill the fleas immediately. Then rub the dog down with sage. Fleas for some reason hate the smell of this herb. Fresh or dried sage it doesnt matter which one. They both work. Hope you find this useful. ~Janette~
How do I control fleas using borax?
By Missy from Jax, FL
You don't have to pay money for a guide... there's a good one here for free:
It really works, btw!
I have 3 cats, one of which is a kitten, and my house is infested with fleas horribly. How can I get rid of these annoying things and get my babies flea free? Please help.
By Liz from Buffalo, NY
I have tried every spot treatment and pill that is out there and treated our home. It helped but we still have fleas. I am thinking we will just have to live with them.
What is a good flea cure?
By Charlene from Pittsburgh, PA
By Frugal Sunnie08/31/2012
On another posted question asking for a child safe way to get rid of fleas, I read a answer that has worked amazingly well for us-sprinkle a good layer of table salt on carpeting, beds-yours and the pets, and upholstered furniture and leave overnight. Vacuum up the next morning and repeat weekly for several weeks to end the flea life cycles.
We had been battling a flea infestation due to our very soggy weather over the past year here in Scotland. We'd tried everything including pesticides and were very careful to follow the instructions but the fleas kept coming back. Then I read the answer posted by a member named Stefanilynn and we gave her tip a try.
So far so good and it's been a couple of weeks. We went away on holiday for three days and applied the salt just before leaving. I vacuumed it up when we got home and did find dead fleas in the vacuum cup.
The salt works! If you need a pets and child friendly way to rid your home of fleas, this is the way to go.
Make sure to treat pets with something too-but not the salt because that will irritate the pet's skin, and when they groom they will ingest far too much salt for their good health. We chose to use monthly Frontline treatment for our cat because he was really suffering from the fleas, but there are other products out there to chose from.
I have two cats. We spray about ever two days for fleas. Nothing is working. We do have a flea collar on them. Would Epsom salt work as the same as plain salt?
By Frugal Sunnie03/17/2012
Fleas are so hard to get rid of! They could be sand fleas coming in with the cats from outdoors, but they will hatch out in the house in carpet, bedding, and upholstery.
The best way to control fleas is to start a dedicated programme that includes very frequent vacuuming of hatching favoured areas, spraying or dusting the house with a flea-rid product making sure to read and follow the directions to the letter, and of course preventive measures on the pets.
My poor cat has fleas and he is allergic to Fipronil which is the main ingredient in all flea killers.
I have tried everything to get rid of them from vinegar and Dawn baths every night (poor cat), to spraying the house with sprays, vinegar, salt, and baking soda. Vacuuming constantly it is driving both me and my cat crazy. Can anyone help? Thanks in advance for any advice given.
By Linda L.10/15/2012
I am loving Comfortis for my dogs-not sure if there is a cat version. It is expensive though, and you have to get it from a vet or order from Canada or Australia online.
I have 3 cats, one of which is a kitten, and my house is infested with fleas horribly. How can I get rid of these annoying things and get my babies flea free? Please help.
By Liz from Buffalo, NY
By Grandma J10/18/2010
Well, your health is in danger when living with fleas. Many horrible diseases that humans can get from flea bites. I would have your vet care for the animals, and then check with public health on what the steps are for you. A total lock down decontamination process is in order. You can't even keep food in the house, if you have this infestation.
My kittens are 13 weeks old and were spayed 12 days ago. When we brought them home from the shelter, we discovered they were infested with fleas. Are we able to give them a flea bath before the stitches come out?
Most vets use disolvable stitches now when they spay/neuter a cat. They should have given you a hand out of what you can and cannot do. The discharge instructions are different for males and females. If you do not have the paper or do not feel it is clear call your vet and they will tell you if they can bathe or not, make sure you let them know they have fleas and they did not have them before they went in so they can treat the problem at their facility also.
I was wondering what is a great idea to control fleas on a small dog (9lb)? I have never had an issue until this year and he gets 1 to 3 on him a week. I bathe him weekly in flea soap. Not only is Frontline Plus very pricey, but I am scared of putting chemicals on him. Does anyone know a safe way to keep fleas off of him?
By Trisha MD08/22/2012
Yes I agree with Pat that diatomaceous earth is excellent and 100% natural for getting rid of fleas, but please be sure and ONLY use the food grade Diatomaceous Earth and not the gardening kind like Pat said, and especially NOT the pool grade. The food grade Diatomaceous Earth is white in color. The other types are gray in color because there is clay in them. The food grade you can even feed to your pets and even take yourself as natural remedies for parasites, etc.
The fastest way to get fleas OFF your pets is to go to your vet and purchase a pill(s) called Cap Star. They are approximately $5.00 per pill, and you give your pet one pill. Within 15-30 minutes all the fleas are gone! Best stuff I have ever used! Cap Star and Diatomaceous Earth food grade combined will take care of your flea problems fast, cheaply, and most importantly effectively! Take care:) xo Trisha E.
What is the best way to get rid of fleas?
By debera morrow03/16/2012
I found the only way to really get rid of fleas is to vacuum the entire house every day for a week. This way you will eliminate the fleas at different stages in their lifecycle. I also use the flea drops you put on the back of puss' neck every month. My vet said to use them fortnightly instead of monthly with a heavy infestation. Vacuuming the entire house every day is a pain, but it got rid of the fleas and both puss and I were much happier without the bites and itching. I hope this helps
I have fleas in the gravel between my paving. How can I get rid of them?
By Dave from Billericay, Essex
By Frugal Sunnie04/08/2012
You're going to need a pest control plan for this, the fleas are probably sand fleas, and they are not easy to eradicate. I used to spray the lawn and oyster shell driveway with Liquid Sevin once a month, and I also applied it indoors.
Read the label carefully and follow all directions. It used to work very, very well but it is a bit pricey. Still, bang for buck - it rids your house and yard of not only fleas but roaches, slugs, earwigs, and several other pests. Set the spray nozzle on the 'fan' setting to get an evenly distributed spray pattern.
There are other remedies like dichotomous earth, and boric acid-cheaper but not always effective.
Can't stress enough that you need to read the label and directions VERY carefully to be sure you mix and apply the spray at the correct dosage and time of day, Sevin WILL affect honeybees and you don't want that!
I was gone for two weeks and I came back to my house and my dog covered in fleas. I need to know a cheap way of getting rid of them asap. My niece is here everyday and I can't let her get flea bites!
By EmilieRA from Lebanon, IL
By vicki hood10/17/2011
Leave the 20 mule team borax for 2 weeks before vacuuming. Thats how long for eggs, larvae and adults. 2 to 2 and a half cups per carpeted room sifted. I like putting some in dogs bed, the couch, the chairs, the throw rugs. I like cedercide granules for natural elimination in the yard. I like a bath for my dog using 2 soapings left on for about 5 minutes each time.
My cat has had fleas for ages and I have spent a fortune on treatment for my cat and surroundings. I am getting fed up of it now. I don't know quite what to do. I have had the powder for carpets, sprays, tried Frontline on my cat, pills, you name it, I have tried it. Any advice please?
The only product that will kill creeping, crawling, jumping, biting, etc. with out harming pets and people, when I say that I literally mean you can mix in chicken feed, dog food, etc. Is .....drum roll...diatomaceous earth(fresh water, food grade). It is completely natural, used as anti caking in cat litter & farmer's grain, mixed with feed for livestock and other farm animals to keep bugs out.
Bonus; the flies die after landing in their poo! It's even used in pool filters as a medium.
You can find at tractor supply, feed stores, online, and it is very cost effective! empty a large baby powder bottle and fill with DE (as it is referred to) using a funnel, pop the lid on close holes most of the way shake, squeeze upright to make a fine cloud that will coat & kill! Or use a medication syringe to apply into cracks and tiny holes. I dust my window sills and after a fly comes in I find it dead in under two hours!
It was discovered by Mr. Nobel (like the prize!) that the fossilized shells from a hard-shelled algae called a diatom stabilized nitroglycerin for storage and travel. (that helped out with the name). Later came the anti-caking factor and then the slug killing factor, and on and on.
It works by slicing through the exoskeleton of insects and they will basically dehydrate and die with in 24-48 hours. By that time the bug has come in contact with other bugs and food and spread a bit of DE deliciousness for all to enjoy! That is a wonderful thing when you live in Corpus Christie, TX where there are cut ants that will strip a 30 year old oak in a night (after all the good plants and trees and vines are gone of course). Plus they have a memory (30 days or so) so bait is a waste. Also they can travel up to 1/4 mile to eat your plants and their dens, under ground, can be the size of a small house! (oh they don't eat the leaves just chew them up, line the den, grow a fungus on them and that is what they eat!)
Try NOT to inhale it, tobacco is natural but we see how well that is going! You should try to wear gloves (I don't but my hands look like the elbows of a 190 lb 'outside dog') it will make your hands very very dry if left on, or at least wash them often. Keep it in dry storage. Read the bag.
Super bonus - Even after you vacuum or sweep there will be a light coating which is all that's needed to be safe for all, but the un-wanted.
Hope this helps.
I can't get rid of the fleas. Every time I think they are gone, they come back. Please offer solutions. Thanks so much!
By Kathy in from Baton Rouge, LA
By Carmen Connell05/01/2012
Only one way you have to treat all animals,with a good reputable product, clean and treat all bedding furniture, etc. Shake some salt (check for color fastness) and it will bring them outwash area rugs vacuum and then dispose of the bag. You can use a shallow pan filled with small amount of water and soap and place a light over it, and it will catch what doesn't get killed by treatment. Good luck, living in the south is a flea's dream.
A few ago days my son woke up with a lot of bites. Then I saw little black fleas jumping. What can I do? I got rid of my pet already. Please help.
By Sara from Houston, TX
By Dylan C.08/18/2013
Wow I also was stunned to hear that you got fleas so rid yourself of the animal? I am an animal lover and I'm having a problem with fleas right now. I've fogged I've treated yard, home, and all animals I couldn't imagine giving up my dog I've had for 12 years! What I did instead was try make us and her comfortable by getting her treated cause he's exactly right these animals don't ask for it.
There just as miserable if not worse than you are. I don't know your circumstances but I would def think about it more in the future if you want an animal. Gotta go kill some more fleas! Lol
Does anyone have a tried-true method of getting rid of fleas and keeping them off my dog?
By vicki hood03/06/2012
Forgot to say Amazon has the cedercide.
I read the post about the mosquito trap and wonder if something like that would work for fleas. My sister has an infestation of fleas that she cannot get rid of.
By K Callahan
Fill pie tins with water and a squirt of dish soap. Instead of pie tins you can use any shallow bowl. Instead of dish soap you can use any soap. Put night lights or small lamps next to each bowl. Use very low wattage bulbs, like those in night lights, or Christmas lights. You can use extension cords with the night lights if you want to place the bowls somewhere that is not close to an outlet.
If fire is not a concern, you can even use floating candles or candles in a holder that will sit inside the middle of the dish. The fleas will jump to the light and fall into the soapy water and die.
You will see a lot of fleas at first and then as the population goes down you will see fewer and fewer fleas until they are all gone. Use just a small squirt of soap. You don't want to see soap bubbles. The soap breaks the surface tension of the water so the fleas cannot stay on top of the water.
If you have pets who might want to drink the water you can put the tins in a bird cage or dog crate on the floor. You can use any type of caging. The fleas will only come to the bowls at night. Make sure the lights are dim like a nightlight. If the whole room is lit up the fleas will not know where to go.
As the fleas start to diminish you may still have fleas hiding in the woodwork. Vibrations make the fleas come out. You can use a vacuum cleaner which will cause vibrations in the floor, or just stomp around a lot before you go to bed.
Make sure that you take all the sheets off your bed once in a while to let any fleas that are trapped underneath get out. After bombing three times without success this is the only thing that worked for me. I'm not sure if the fleas are jumping towards the heat or the light. Nightlights worked fine for me. Let us know how you do.
What do fleas look like? How do I get rid of them?
By Tracy C.11/30/2011
If the fleas are on the animal you can get sulphur from the pharmacy mix it with lard and rub it on the dog!also the vets have advantage for fleas that I have heard works. If there in your house rugs etc, you will need pest control to spray your home! Good luck.
I have a 4-5 month old red squirrel who was paralyzed in his hind quarters. He has no use of one leg and has only regained slight use of his other. He also has no use of his tail. He has fleas and I am at a loss as to how to treat him. Any other information anyone might have would also be helpful. Other wise the little guy is doing great.
By Scott G
I have a small breed Poodle/Maltese mix about 18 pounds. Can I use K9 Advantix II every 4 weeks, as she seem to get fleas in about this time frame?
Would this be harmful to her?
By Frugal Sunnie03/21/2012
You need to be sure you're killing off the fleas in your house to keep them off your dog-check some of the links under 'related' on this page, and also here:
I am having a flea problem, does anyone have any advice on what is the best and long lasting way to get rid of fleas in my home? I am also on a fixed income so I can't afford professional or really expensive remedies! Thanks and I look forward to hearing from all of you.
By Candy from North Myrtle Beach, SC
Hey there Candy.
There are two problems to address here; the house and the pets. If you really want to stretch your dollar then go out and buy the appropriate sized flea control for your pets. Frontline is labeled for one month but really works for about three (although I recommend using it monthly for the first 2-3 months).
For cats, apply it the neck, as directed. For dogs; give them a good bath and make sure they are super dry. Apply the frontline down the midline of the back. One spot on the head, and continue all the way to the base of the tail. Be sure to part the hair and apply it all the way to the skin. (You should have about four or five different spots along the back, including the head and tail base).
Now the house. Buy some 20 Mule Team Borax from the store and sprinkle your carpets with it. Use a decent amount, enough to make the carpets white. Then stomp it in! I would leave it there for about a week..letting people walk all over it! (This really works it into the carpets!) After the week, take a vacuum to it! You'll suck up all the visible stuff but the Borax will forever be ground into the carpet. The secret is that the microscopic crystals interfere with the flea's ability to breath and the egg's ability to hatch.
Note: Make sure you cover all carpeted areas, even throw rugs and under the bed.
Frontline doesn't wash off, but hold off on pet baths for a week after application.
I have a Jack Russel/Chi, he is allergic to fleas. If one gets on him he scratches himself until he is bald and sore, I have tried everything except taking him to the vet, which right now I can't afford. Please can someone help? He has a smell to him and scratches himself so badly it scabs up. I have done Benadryl. I even use Advantage every month, but that also makes him itch an irritates him a lot. I tried the Comfortis pill, but it doesn't work. So I just need some advice. I will try anything, home remedies or whatever.
Diatomaceous (spelling?) earth, garden grade not pool grade. Sold in garden centers and feed stores. Dust your dog with it and his bed, anything. It is not toxic, the only caveat is to not inhale it as it is a fine dust. Our local Dave the Garden Guy on TV has even tasted it to show it is not toxic.
I have a 7 week old Poodle/Chihuahua puppy named Liberace and he has fleas. I used hamster flea spray since I have hamster. It's not working! I give him a bath every day, but there's still fleas. I don't have a lot of money, so is there another way to get rid of them? The poor lil' thing is always itching.
By Khera from Sarasota, FL
By vicki hood02/14/2012
2 to 2 and a half cups of dry 20 mule team borax for each average size carpeted room. Dust throw rugs, his bed and furniture as well. Leave for 2 weeks before vacuuming for egg, larvae and adult stages. You might try sevin dust for the yard. Don't expose him to fleas from another dog/cat or area that is infested.
How do you get rid of fleas for good? I tried washing both of my dogs last week and then they came back. So should I wash them again and then add some power on them? What else can I try?
By Linda L.10/29/2012
I swear by Comfortis. It is expensive, however, and you have to get it from a vet or online from Canada, Australia or Mexico.
I need to know how many drops of Advantage to put on a 2 pound puppy.
By Amy from Brunswick, GA
Please do not put Vaseline on your baby! I have worked for a Veterinarian for over 27 years. This will leave a residue on his/her fur and cause digestive problems. Please call your Veterinarian.
My three year old rat terrier has fleas. We have done everything we can think of, including going to the vet for medicine. Nothing has worked so far. Is there anything else that we can do?
By Mandi Lou from Wilmer, AL
You must treat everything inside as they multiply quickly. You can treat your yard also. Jeannie
I am going crazy with fleas on my dogs and cat. I used Borax, the pets are protected with Frontline, Brewer's yeast in their food, and I bombed my apartment. I don't know what else to do. My pets are going crazy itching. I am going to try the pans of water and a drop of soap. Please help.
By Gayle i from West Palm Beach, FL
By George Bean09/09/2010
What does work? I cant get the fleas out of my carpet and through our my house. What can I do? I have try everything. I am going to call a company to come and spray my home, what do you thank?
I live in an apartment and on a fixed income. My dog is severly allergic to fleas. What is the cheapest way to get rid of fleas in my home and on my 60 pound dog?
By angels m
I use Blue Dawn. It works great. Is gentle on my girls, two poodles, kills fleas on contact and is affordable. It has to be Blue Dawn. Be sure to start with your dogs neck to keep a barrier so the fleas don't run and hide in the ears and nose. Once there is a barrier around the neck the fleas are history.
I have a Lab who is covered in fleas and my home is all hardwood floors. I have read about salt working to kill the fleas in your carpet. I vacuum every day. Can I still use the salt on wood floors?
If your dog is covered with fleas home grown remedies are probably not going to work. Get advantage or frontline or one of the monthly treatments. Fleas have a life cyle, and once you get them off the dog, he will just become reinfested. If you use the monthly treatments the hatching fleas do not have a host and the population goes way down. Then, if you dont live in a seriously flea infested area, you might get some control with other methods. Prices on some of the monthly treatments have come down just recently. Good luck!
Can I mix vinegar and bath oil to spray on my dogs for fleas?
Have you looked at all the products out there? The prices have come down a lot. You are wise to be careful with chemicals, but I would think a dog sprayed down with vinegar and bath oil would be pretty miserable. Not to mention what is going to happen when he licks it off and ingests it. I would have a good look at alternatives before I went this route.
How do we rid our dog of fleas? And how can we keep her from getting them in the first place?
I bathe my girls with original blue Dawn dish soap every one to two weeks. I also use original Skin So Soft bath oil from Avon. Both of these products kill on contact. With the SOS I mix one part SOS and five parts water. Keep in a spray bottle. I keep a tiny spray bottle with SOS in my pocket. When I check my girls bellies the fleas will run across and that is when I spray them dead. You don't need much. This stuff smells great. Be sure to rub it into the skin. I also vacuum every day and wash their bedding.
I have 3 cats and a dog. The fleas are in the house everywhere and everytime we get the fleas off of one animal the dog brings them back in from our huge front yard.
I will tell you three things to do to get a hold of this situation:
First: Vacuum the carpet and then empty the bag or plasic bowl out somewhere outside into a bag and tie it so the critters don't get out.
Second: Get plain old table salt in the cylinder. Pour some in your hands and sprinkle everywhere with it. (Not the pet)
I always put it under cushions all on the floor, and even brush it down into the rug even though I don't brush it in it falls in by itself. Leave it for a day or two and then vacuum up and do it again until your fleas are gone.
Third: If you have a vacuum with a plastic pull out bucket like I do, put a flea collar in the vacuum bag or bucket.
Fourth Change the food your cats are eating. If you are feeding them cheap food with fillers in them they will attract fleas like crazy. It is because the animals immune system is compromised when given corn and by products.
Here is a link:
I am feeding, right now, One Smartblend Chicken and Rice formula but there are lots of great cat foods with great ingredients at farm supply stores like Tractor Supply.
Also look on amazon.com and look cat flea treatments, and you will find a bunch of things you can try.
Mainly try to keep the floor vacuumed up, and a bad infestation would mean vacuuming and then sprinkling the salt again letting the salt stay for a day each time.
Don't forget to sprinkle under your sheets, on the mattress and around the bed.
I have read about putting bowls of water with a little soap on them and having a flashlight or nightlight shine on the water.
Let me know how it goes. I am actually giving this product a try. I got it in the mail today.
http://www.amazon.com/Capsules-flav ... UTF8&refRID=06FA4PG17WBJWP74CDX8
I keep getting bitten. I'm a diabetic and this is not a good thing.
By VickieBerry from Madison,TN
We have had an abundance of fleas too this year. Rid A Bug makes a flea spray you can use on furniture and on dogs, that works very well. Also, you can sprinkle either salt or borax on your carpets and leave overnight, then vaccuum next day, which will kill and vaccuum up the fleas. Borax works great in the yard too, to kill the fleas. That is the main ingredient in yard flea stuff you would buy. Meanwhile, spray down with Skin So Soft bath oil and follow up with their lotion, and you won't get bitten. I have used 2 24oz bottles spraying myself and my dogs this summer. A stray cat just keeps bringing them to us.
What do you dilute the Skin So Soft with and how much?
By Becky from Rosebud, MO
I spray it on myself straight from the bottle. and smooth it all over. Smells great and keeps skin soft and the fleas hate it.
I have 5 dogs in my house as well as 5 children. I have a flea problem. My question is: how to I kill the fleas, eggs, whatever that are on all the piles of clothes in my kids room. They leave all their clothes on the floor and I'm sure they are loaded with fleas, because they are everywhere else. Also what do I do with their stuffed animals?
I am about to go crazy. I have a very large house also (3600 sq. ft. 2 floors) so bombing and spraying is very expensive, and I'm not sure it is working. At the moment, I am sitting with a towel on my head with Dawn detergent rubbed into my head and hair. Please help.
Eucalyptus oil is poisonous to cats - do not use as a spray or otherwise around them.
I've got a 5 week old orphaned kitten. She didn't appear to have fleas at first but as I was bathing her, I noticed fleas going into her ear. They were too fast for me to catch. Would a flea remedy work even if the fleas go into her ears?
Get to a vet quick! My sister's cat had kittens & she didn't know mama cat had fleas & she infected kittens with fleas & couple kittens died. Thanks Cookie 17
How quick can your house become infested with fleas? I have two adult cats that have never had fleas. I brought a new 3 week old kitten into my house 3 days ago and never noticed any fleas at all. Today, I noticed a few fleas and immediately gave him a bath with Johnson's Baby Shampoo and didn't notice any fleas on the towel after I dried him.
If he's been isolated in a room since the day I brought him in the house, do you think I've managed to avoid an infestation? I will get Frontline for my other 2 adult cats, but I'm really hoping my house is clear. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
By Theresa from NJ
By vicki hood09/21/2010
Ditch the frontline. It is poison after all. Get dry 20 mule team borax into all carpets, rugs, furniture. Carpets, 2 cups (or more) dry sifted for average size room. Leave down 2 weeks before you vacuum. It takes 2 weeks for life cycle of egg larvae and adult. No fleas will survive in the house for over a year and a half if you don't reintroduce from the outside. Outdoor yard, fleas will freeze over winter. In spring and summer if no fleas are introduced you should be flea free. I never had to try it but I am told Sevin dust powdered into lawn areas kills fleas but has to be replaced periodically.
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|Does anyone have any ideals for home remedies of ridding fleas from your dogs. Have tried several over the counter products and I have had no success. |
|RE: Getting Rid of Fleas||09/06/2002|
|I give my pets (mini daschund and persian cat) baths using Mane and Tail Shampoo (found at WalMart) and then give them a final rinse with apple cider vinegar. I take a bucket and fill with water and add 1/2 cup of the vinegar. When I have the pets completely rinsed, then I take the bucket of vinegar water and pour it all over them (Do not use near eyes) Use all of the water. Supposedly, the fleas do not like the taste of the vinegar and will leave to find another host. I also bought one of those self waterers. I add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to that. The vinegar secretes from their skin and repels fleas. I have been doing this for about 6 months now and the whole family is flea free!|
|RE: Getting Rid of Fleas||07/18/2004|
|my dog is extremely allergic to fleas, he thumps all day, all night, i've had barely no sleep in almost 2 weeks. i've tried all the vets treatments, sprays bombs, outdoor sprays, powders, drops on the neck and back, and steroids, nothing is working, we have went through this every year for 5 years, and this year is the worst! We live in the woods, and have heard about these allergy test where the vet can actually inject the dog with the venom of the fleas, to make the dog immune system built up toward these awful fleas. We have had 3 vets over the years and their treatments are all very similar, but the results are all the same, relief for couple days, but the dog still itches but just not as bad. He is given baths everyday, to help calm him, we just don't know what to do, we love the dog but he's tearing his body up by the constant itching and biting. I need something that will kill the fleas and soothe his irritation.|
|By chris (Guest Post)|
|RE: Getting Rid of Fleas||07/19/2004|
|For Chris, whose dog is allergic: You need to take him to a holistic or homeopathic vet. They will boost his immune system and probably either cure, or regulate, his problem. He has a very unusual bad allergy and I doubt conventional methods will work, as you have experienced. Plus the poor dog is probably also reacting to all the chemicals at this point. If you look all those treatments up you will find they are just poison, & aren't safe, regardless of what they want you to believe. You can find an alternative vet near you on-line. One place to start would be www.altvetmed.com. I hope you find relief soon for your poor baby.|
|By Vicki (Guest Post)|
|I personally have never had problems with using advantage, (drops on the back of the neck) with my pets. It kills all of the fleas on them within twenty four hours of application and then I bomb the fleas in the house. The problem with the bombs is that we have used them so much that the fleas build up an immunity to them, so when we go to bomb they laugh in our face. The biggest reason the drops don't work for some people is because they don't get it close enough to the animals skin for it to bond. If it doesn't bond, it doesn't work. It has to go directly on the pets skin. Flea collars are foolish ways to spend your money, fleas are immune to the ingredients and your skin will probably be sensitive to it, as well as your families. What I do is take my pets in for advantage drops, bring them home, and then one day later we have our yard sprayed for fleas. Then the day after that we bomb our house. The whole setup costs us about one hundred dollars, but is well worth living in a house where my fur babies and family are not scratching for fleas.|
|By julie (Guest Post)|
|One thing that i have found effective to get rid of fleas is Dawn dishwashing liquid!|
|By April (Guest Post)|
|Washing your puppies and kittens with Dawn shouldn't hurt them. Just make sure to wet them down, suds them up and let the suds sit there for 5 minutes or so. Then rinse them down well. Then, of course, dry them off well so they don't get chilled. |
It's much safer than a flea soap for the little guys. You may have to wash them every few days to get rid of the eggs and newly hatching fleas. Make sure you vacuum well any place they have been, wash their bedding, and keep it up until the fleas are gone.
When the animals are a little older try some Advantage. It's a once a month treatment that works well.
|Pitt and Kitty With Fleas||04/29/2005|
|I need help. I just got an 8 week old red-nosed pit two weeks ago and have a cat that had babies 1 week ago. It's crazy. But the thing is that the pit, Tony's his name, brought with him a whole bunch of fleas. I have no idea what to do. I'm gonna try the dish soap thing tonight, see how it works, but I'm really worried about is the babies. They have fleas all over them too as well mother. Can you help? And the pup too. I need any advice possible. They are in need badly. Help for them and the house.|
|By CHRIS JR (Guest Post)|
|Pitt and Kitty With Fleas||05/05/2005|
|I'm hoping by now you've got the situation take care of. You can't treat the kittens with any chemicals until 12 weeks but just keep cleaning them and treat the environment. Also, do not treat the mom with any chemicals. |
Get the pitt bull a flea shampoo. Since flea bombing is not an option with kitties, sprinkle borax on your carpets regularly and vacuum it up. Throw out the vacuum bag. Fleas jump 13 feet and multiply 10 times faster than rabbits.
Good luck with your new family of fur balls! I love pitt bulls, they are clowns. Don't stress out - it takes time and consistency and soon you will be able to put them on frontline or a similar cheaper alternative.
|By Brandi (Guest Post)|
|Hi there! I have 4 cats and 2 dogs. They are all spayed and neutered except for one of the rescue cats. When we 1st got her (2 years ago), she had kittens and she is an outdoor cat. She had brought in tons of fleas and all my pets were covered, and so was the house. Everywhere you walked, fleas would just jump all over you. The bad thing is one of my dogs is allergic to fleas, so all her hair fell out. I took her to my vet and he gave me all types of suggestions and nothing really worked. Even an exterminator didn't help much. Then I met this lady who runs a kennel and she has been using dawn dish liquid. She even used it on her puppies. It is safe as long as you make sure you rinse them well. I bathe all my pet's with dawn and even made a Dawn solution with water and spray the whole house. I have now been free of fleas for a year. I hope this helps.|
|By Ashley (Guest Post)|
|RE: Getting Rid of Fleas||07/10/2005|
|Is he acting healthy otherwise? I would take a stool sample to the vet and have him checked if you haven't already. Also some dogs don't get their adult weight until they are about 2. Ask the vet's opinion about his weight too. I use a natural shampoo called Natural Dog & you can buy it in some pet supply places, or on-line. It might seem a little expensive but you only use a little bit for 2 cups of water. It's a great shampoo, especially for dogs with sensitive skin. And with only 1 dog it should last you quite awhile. I have 3 dogs & it lasts me for a long time. Buy the best food you can afford. It's the best for him & his health. And if it keeps you out of the vet's office all the time you're saving money there. Avoid meal, non-natural preservatives & other non-natural ingredients. You should look for whole grains & no fillers. I buy an expensive food but Nutros Natural is pretty decent for affordable food. I hoped I've helped you. |
Bryan, my dog,is a 1 and a half year old cougar hound crossbreed, so he is supposed to be a lean dog but lately he seems to not be gaining any weight even with the growth formula dog food that i am giving him i bathed him with baby shampoo as even without fleas his skin is sensitive. Lately even though he is an indoor dog I've been noticing him chewing a lot i am wondering if maybe the fleas are causing him to not grow properly? as i am not "rich" lol i cannot afford any of the big name brand flea control stuff, and the stuff i found that i could afford did not work, could i possibly use dish soap on him without drying out his skin and still being effective or does anyone have any suggestions??
|By Vicki (Guest Post)|
|RE: Getting Rid of Fleas||08/01/2005|
|I am in the process of getting rid of the fleas, I just pored borax all over the house and bathed my kitties in dawn detergent, I will try adding a little white vinegar to their water dish and add garlic to their food. I have acquired flea collars and will put them on after another bath and dip in vinegar, mopping the floors everyday helps too.|
|By chris (Guest Post)|
|Dawn and Table Salt||08/19/2005|
|Dawn original dish soap works well for getting rid of fleas on the animals. If fleas that live through the washing stay still and play dead use a lice comb to get them out, a small votive candle lit with melted hot wax is great for dropping them into after combing them out of animals fur. |
Also, for carpets that are infested by fleas you can get a few containers of table salt and pour it into your carpet. it kills the babies and hatched eggs, my guess is it dries them out. Leave it on the carpet for a few hours before vacuuming. Myself, I left salt in carpet for a week or more. All that I've typed here I do myself, after having a seriously horrible infestation in my home.
Another thing besides skin so soft that works and keeps them off you while walking through infested areas is Cutters family insect repellent. Just spray your shoes/boots or feet and just up to the knee on pants. That'll keep em at bay while you're using natural methods to kick their lousy butts.
After delousing pets start putting a 1/4 tsp. for a small bowl of food. A 1/2 tsp. for a larger bowl, of garlic powder into the food mixing it into it everyday.
This takes a bit (30 days) for things to start working. Fleas cant stand the garlic and will "flea" to get away from your animals. Cedar chips or shavings in dog runs or kennels also run fleas off.
DO NOT cover any animal in vaseline to get rid of fleas you may seriously poison them by doing this. Their skin breathes through pores as ours does & smothering the pores could result in serious health problems or even death.
|Every year, at about this same time, we get fleas in our house. I think it's because it's starting to get cooler outside. The last time this happened, I bombed, sprayed, powdered till I was tuckered out. They wouldn't go away! |
I finally got an aluminum pie pan, put a thin layer of dish soap in the bottom and set a desk lamp shining into it. They LEAP into that thing and stay stuck.
So... now I'm trying it again this year. It's only been set up for a few hours and we already have over 20 fleas in it. I didn't have a lot of dish soap, so I used some generic body wash soap and as long as it's thick and sticky, they'll stick fast in it.
|By Debs (Guest Post)|
|Advantage will get rid of 100% of the fleas and keep them away if you continue to use it - but you have to buy it from a vet. The OTC version doesn't work. The full strength version works very well. The fleas will be gone within 48 hours, and they won't come back soon. You will need to know how much your dog weighs. Most vets will sell it to you without doing a checkup. If you don't know your dog's weight, just bring it in to the office and they will weigh it for you. |
Don't forget to vacuum everything, wash your dog's bed, and treat your yard if necessary. You don't need to use heavy chemical applications. If your dog goes outside, just find some herbal remedies to spread around. Once you begin using Advantage, it will kill the fleas continuously for a set period of time, no matter how many more the dog picks up.
|Vacuuming and Advantage||11/17/2005|
|I have tried many different remedies to get rid of fleas. I have even tried using Borax by sprinkling on my carpet. Here is what I have done to rid my home of fleas. I bought a flea collar and chopped it up in several pieces and placed some of the pieces in my vacuum cleaner (I would replace those pieces every few weeks). I then would vacuum every day, making sure to dump the vacuum container outside after each time. I also bought Advantage from a Pet Hospital/Veterinarian (3 months use). I then choose a date to apply the medicine to my pet and did so religiously. My pets are indoor only and after 5 months of doing this goodbye fleas.|
|By Jestinams (Guest Post)|
|Baby Shampoo for Kittens||11/23/2005|
|I just used baby shampoo to get rid of 3 kitten's fleas. I saw many in the sink but still some live ones on the kittens. I've found the longer you soak your kitty, the more fleas you drown.|
|By Carey (Guest Post)|
I need to get rid of fleas. Most remedies from the vet are beyond my budget.
We moved into a house where pets had lived. My two little dogs started scratching, and so did I. Fleas everywhere.
I have a huge problem with house/pet fleas and have done all the usual things to get rid of them but they are still here.
I have a 10 month old Yorkie-Pom and she brought fleas into the house. We can get rid of them on her, but the house has been a nightmare!
I need help with getting rid of fleas! My home and animals are full of fleas. I have bombed every room in the house and applied flea meds to all my animals, yet we cannot get rid of the fleas.
I need some help, is anyone having a hard time getting rid of fleas? I feel like I've tried everything, and I'm running out of ideas.
How can I get rid of fleas on my animals and in my house without spending a lot of money?
Request: I need to find out a economical way to get rid of fleas. Something that would not be toxic to us or all of our pets. Our beloved family dog, Happy is infested with fleas.
I would like to know what you use to kill fleas and keep them off.
I need help getting rid of fleas in the house, also in the bed. I have washed all of the sheets and blankets.
Can chinchillas get fleas? If so how can I get rid of them?
I need the quickest and cheapest way to kill fleas. I am also needing instructions on what to do, how often to do it, and how to do it in my house.
How do I kill fleas in my house, garage, and yard? I don't have carpet on the floors.
It is not that easy to get rid of fleas, you have to be aggressive and treat the pet and premises at the same time.
How do you get rid of fleas. We have sprayed several times, but when the weather warms up they appear again. Is there a cure?
My son's dog has infested their home with fleas. All suggestions welcome for getting them off the dog and out of the house.
I need a cheap way to get rid of fleas on a dog that is 11 yrs. old and has never had fleas before. Help.
How do I get rid of fleas in my apartment and on my dog, inexpensively?
What is the safest and least expensive way to rid my yard of fleas?